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MYO: Glue, Various types

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Making your own glue is as simple as boiling water! Here are several different glue recipes for various craft projects.

  • Almost Elmer’s Glue
  • Basic Glue
  • Book Binding Glue
  • Decoupage Glue
  • Envelope Paste
  • Glass Glue
  • Leather Glue
  • Paper-Mache Paste
  • Paste
  • Sticker Glue (Make your own Stamps/Stickers)
  • Waterproof-Glue [PAGE]Basic Glue[/PAGE] This basic glue recipe is very similar to Elmer’s school glue. It’s a wonderful glue for various craft projects, construction paper crafts, and simple crafts with children.

    Basic Glue

    3/4 c. water
    2 T. corn syrup
    1 T. white vinegar
    1/2 c. cornstarch
    3/4 c. cold water

    Mix water, syrup and vinegar in small saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil. In small bowl, mix cornstarch and cold water. Add this mixture slowly to first mixture. Stir constantly. Let stand overnight before using.

    [PAGE]Paste Recipe[/PAGE] Remember the good ol’ days, when your kindergarten teacher would give you a little container of homemade minty school paste on your first day of school? The following recipe is that very simple paste:

    Simple Paste Recipe
    2 Tbs. Flour
    2 T. Warm Water
    1/2 tsp powdered alum
    2 c. boiling water
    2 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil

    Dissolve 2 T. flour in 2 T warm water. Pour 2 c. boiling water into mix. Cook 3 min in double boiler. Strain through a wire strainer. Add 1/2 t. of powdered alum Add 2 drops Wintergreen Essential Oil

    Store in a tightly covered container.

    Works great on various crafts- particularly construction paper, popsicle stick crafts, etc

    [PAGE]Easy Decoupage Glue[/PAGE] Decoupage glue (sometimes referred to as Modge Podge™ ) is a wonderful glue for creating attractive labels, photo frames and other projects.

    Decoupage Glue
    1 1/2 c. white household glue
    1/2 c. warm water

    Combine glue with water, Blending well & store tightly covered in bottle or jar.

    Use as you would any decoupage glue.

    Here are some examples of Jars we’ve made using our decoupage glue:

    View the Complete Instructions for this project here.

    Personalize a Room with Decoupage Trash Cans

    [PAGE]Waterproof or Glass Glue Recipe[/PAGE] If you’re looking for a strong glass glue recipe, look no further. This easy to make glass glue recipe is the best for adhering glass to glass- like in our redneck Wine Glass gag gift idea.

    This particular glue recipe is waterproof and works wonderfully to mend china, to glue labels on home canned foods and jellies, or to glue metal to metal. Store glue in a screw capped jar. (A mason jar works great!)

    WaterProof (or) Glass Glue

    2 packets unflavored gelatin
    2 T. cold water
    3 T. skim milk
    several drops oil of cloves

    In a small bowl, sprinkle the packets of gelatin over cold water. Set it aside and allow it soften. In the meantime, Heat milk to boiling point and pour into softened gelatin. (since this is such a small amount, you might want to use a microwave!) Stir until gelatin is dissolved.

    Add 3-5 drops of clove oil. Use while still Warm- as it cools it will turn to a gel state. It can still be used and this will not reduce it’s adhesiveness. Simply set the jar in a dish of hot water and it will quickly return to it’s liquid state.

    To Use:

    Apple a thin layer of the glue on the objects you want glued. Be sure the glue is STILL WARM.

    *To Glue decorations on glass jars, such as mason jars, heat the glue to it’s liquid state before using.

    *to Glue marbles together or for use on metal to metal use the glue in its gelled state.

    [PAGE]Paper Mache Paste[/PAGE] Paper mache is a fun craft that can be used for tons of things- school science projects, holiday decorations, even making your own biodegradable plant pots!

    Depending on what type of craft you’re creating will depend on which recipe you need. The no-cook version is fairly stable and works great on quickie crafts. If you’re looking for a more durable paste that will last in craft projects for years and is considerably smoother- try the cooked paste recipe.

    No Cook Paper Mache Paste:
    1/2 c. Flour
    1 c. warm water
    3 T. Salt

    Mix the flour and salt together, stirring well, add the warm water and stir until thick and smooth. The salt is used as a preservative to inhibit mold growth in humid conditions.

    Cooked Paper Mache Paste:
    1/4 c. Flour
    1 1/4 c. water
    3 T. Salt

    Bring the water to a boil, add salt and flour stirring well. Continue stirring, boiling over medium heat for a few minutes until the mixture is smooth and thick. Remove from heat, cool.

    Craft Ideas:
    Other craft ideas we’ve done with paper mache paste include:

    Plantable Seed Starter Pots in the Garden
    Halloween Jason Mask
    Halloween Troll Mask

    Feel Free to Share your ideas in the comments below!

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    9 thoughts on “MYO: Glue, Various types”

    1. edible glue! depending on what you’re gluing, egg whites make an awesome glue, and a good shellac in a pinch. but most often i use egg whites while baking, pies, cookies, candies, gingerbread houses, easter decorations, etc.

      i’ve even used egg whites to glue a re-purposed envelope. i’m so stinking frugal, lol. :moneytight:

      • Edible Glue! Depending on what you’re gluing, egg whites make an awesome glue, and a good shellac in a pinch. but most often I use egg whites while baking, pies, cookies, candies, gingerbread houses, Easter decorations, etc.

        I’ve even used egg whites to glue a re-purposed envelope. I’m so stinking frugal, lol. :Moneytight:

        lol seems elmers glue would be cheaper than using an egg.

        good to know in a pinch tho.

    2. Sounds like a cheap way to have a constant supply of glue at school. Also a great way to reuse glue bottles to avoid buying more plastic.


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